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Vasil Chekardzhikov

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Vasil has his Master’s Degree in Guitar Performance and Conducting from California State University of Fullerton (CSUF).

Vasil Chekardzhikov hails from Varna, Bulgaria. Vasil began playing the accordion at the age of five, then switched to guitar at the age of nine. He studied guitar for over a decade with Professor Liuben Haralambiev, and graduated with excellence from High School of Arts “Dobri Hristov,” of Varna, Bulgaria. He premiered Concertino for strings by Ivan Dimov with the Dobrich String Orchestra and four guitars, together with his brothers and sister. In 2002, he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Guitar Performance from the Academy for Music, Dance, and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He has performed as a soloist with the Haskovo Symphony Orchestra, Pazardzhik Symphony Orchestra, recorded chamber and solo music for the Bulgarian and Belgium National Radio and Television, and has been active as a solo and chamber musician. He is laureate of over a dozen solo and chamber national and International competitions. Vasil recently received first prize at the Annual Solo Concerto Competition at CSUF in March 2005. Vasil and his brothers, Nikola and Petar Chekardzhikov as the “Triada” guitar trio, received second prize winner in the College and University Division in the 2nd Annual Guitar Chamber Competition in Brownsville, Texas in 2004. He is presently the Guitar Program Director at the Orange County School of the Arts

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